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Woman found in burning SLO home has died, official says

Firefighters and paramedics perform CPR on a resident rescued from a house on fire on South Tassajara Drive in San Luis Obispo.
Firefighters and paramedics perform CPR on a resident rescued from a house on fire on South Tassajara Drive in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

UPDATE 7:40 p.m.: The woman found inside a burning San Luis Obispo home on Monday afternoon has died, according to Ron Yukelson, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center spokesman.

Original story: A San Luis Obispo resident who was found inside a corner bedroom of a single-story, hillside home after a fire broke out Monday afternoon was rushed to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition, officials said.

When firefighters arrived at 1:50 p.m., flames were already burning through the upper level of the house in the 100 block of Tassajara Drive.

“The fire had a good head start on us,” San Luis Obispo Fire Chief Garret Olson said. The department received a report of smoke coming from the attic of the home atop a steep hill at 1:47 p.m.

Crews attacked the fire while other firefighters entered the home after a neighbor told them that a person might be inside. They had to break through the front door, which was barricaded with debris, Olson said. He added that the home was littered with accumulated clutter, which possibly accelerated the fire’s spread.

According to one first responder who did not provide his name, the resident was conscious when firefighters arrived.

The person was in critical condition as of late Monday afternoon, according to Ron Yukelson, spokesman for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

No neighboring homes needed to be evacuated due to the fast response from emergency personnel, Olson said.

Three San Luis Obispo fire engines and one Cal Fire engine, San Luis Ambulance, San Luis Obispo police and two city fire investigators responded to the scene, as well as PG&E crews to disable power to the home.

The fire was under control within 10 minutes of the arrival of fire crews, and flames were extinguished by 2:30 p.m.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Olson said the blaze did not appear to have been set intentionally, but San Luis Obispo police were on scene looking for any signs of criminal activity.

Damage to the 1,500 square-foot home is estimated at $150,000.

No firefighters or emergency personnel were injured in the blaze.

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